The youngest of four children, Myron was born and raised on a farm in Southeast North Dakota. Growing up, he threw a lot of bales of hay, and played a lot of basketball. He also spent countless hours listening to his father discuss politics with friends around the kitchen table: The politics of old style, prairie populism and FDR-style Democrats.
Myron’s love of politics, history, and basketball led him to a 34-year career teaching and coaching. Myron retired in June of 2015 after 18 years as a history teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire.
Myron has two grown children, Amanda and Arthur. He dearly misses their mother Janet, his beloved wife of 35 years, who passed away in the summer of 2014, following a long battle with cancer.
Myron has spent his life working to make his community a better place, and fighting for working people. He served on the board of directors of the Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity, and currently serves on the boards of the Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union and WHYS Radio. He is a member of the steering committee of 15 Now Northwestern Wisconsin, an organization advocating for living wages.
Myron is also an active member of many progressive organizations including the Wisconsin Working Families Party, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, NARAL, the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Myron is committed to renewable energy, and has solar panels on the roofs of his Eau Claire home and tool shed.
Along with his late wife Janet, he vocally opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in no small part because their daughter Amanda served two tours of duty in Baghdad. Captain Amanda Buchholz is a strong supporter of her father’s run for Congress.